Dutch Weekly: Nov. 13-19
From the Head of School: Masks are optional
Masks are optional for all students and faculty, whatever their vaccination status, at this time.
Remember to RSVP to Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Remember that grandparents or a student's special friends are invited to a day designed just for them on Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP here: https://www.hollandhall.org/events/grandparents/ Expect some special performances and a tour of your student's classrooms and branch.
Volunteers Needed: Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Grandparents and Special Friends day is less than two weeks away. We are so excited to host but we need your help. Many guests will be visiting for the first time or will have a new branch to navigate. We need parents to help greet and direct for a few hours on November 23.Please sign up by clicking on the link below!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AACAE2FAAF8CF8-grandparentsThank you for volunteering.
Last call for ARTworks
The beautiful ARTworks exhibit will come down on November 24. Do not miss the opportunity to experience the installation and purchase a piece of art. All pieces exhibited can be purchased. The artist has generously offered to commission any piece even if the original is marked as sold. If a piece is purchased within the next two weeks, a portion of proceeds will benefit Holland Hall's faculty and students.Please contact Meredith Rogers at email@example.com for more purchasing information.Also remember that ARTworks journals featuring Whitney Forsyth's work are for sale in the DutchZone. They would make a great Christmas gift.
School Pictures from Nov. 1
Images taken on Nov. 1 will be available soon and should get an email notification.Anyone experiencing difficulty can email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide full name and grade of child.
We know some parents have had a hard time finding uniforms because of supply chain issues or long shipping times. If you have trouble finding shirts, know that your child can wear a plain shirt without a logo for now.Also, please remember that we have an awesome resource on campus in the Dutch Exchange, which is run by a parent volunteer. The Exchange will be open from 3-4 p.m. Nov. 17 or by appointment by emailing email@example.com. Parents can also ask about visiting the Exchange at the front desk of the Tandy.The shortage also means we need your gently used uniforms. The Dutch Exchange has plenty of red Middle School shirts and khaki pants, but could use outwear and Primary School uniforms.
- Nov. 15-17: ERB CTP testing for 6th-8th grades
- Nov. 18: US Parents' Association meeting
- Nov. 23: Grandparents and Special Friends' Day (half-day of classes)
- Nov. 24-28: No school
Primary School News
Kids Heart Challenge
Be a part of a Holland Hall Primary School tradition! On Thursday, November 18, all students in Junior Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be jumping ropes, shooting basketballs and listening to their hearts with a stethoscope! All money raised goes directly to the American Heart Association's mission for helping those with heart issues.Donation packets have been handed out, or you can donate via the Kids Heart Challenge App. Our very own Asher L. in 2nd grade is a featured child for the American Heart Association! We are so proud of him!
Please contact your child's PE teacher if you have any questions.
Third-grade lunch moving
Parents, the 3rd grade students will begin eating in the cafeteria after Thanksgiving break.
A reminder for the pick-up line
Please remember that the inside lane — next to the Penguin — is reserved for third-grade parents.Third-grade parents, please remember to yield to the other lanes, who are going around you to get to the PS drive and the EPK circle drive.Thank you!
After-school enrichment classes
Ballet/Contemporary I-II After School Enrichment Class ~ Session 2Come join Ms. Allison for Session 2 of the basics of ballet and contemporary technique. For eight weeks, the class will do stretching, barre work, center floor exercises, and choreography. Explore other dance movements including contemporary floor work, rolls, and fun conditioning exercises. If this is your first time, come and join the fun! A performance for parents is set for Dec. 15.When: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 15 (no class 11/24-Thanksgiving Break)Special date: Holiday Showcase - Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.Who: PreK-3rdWhere: Primary School Multi-purpose RoomFee: $75To register: firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Ariel’s Art Studio ~ Session 2
Calling all young artists! Learn about line, balance, perspective, and color theory. Join Ms. Ariel for lessons on using oil pastels, marker, and colored pencils while creating harvest, Thanksgiving, and holiday drawings.When: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 15 (no class 11/24-Thanksgiving Break)Who: K-3rd gradeWhere: Primary School Art RoomFee: $75To register:email@example.com
Middle School News
Warm weather gear
With the weather getting colder, students need to bring a jacket or coat daily. NO BLANKETS will be allowed in the Middle School.
Standardized Test: Nov. 15-17
After two years of not providing standardized testing to our students due to COVID, we are resuming this yearly practice this fall. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will be completing the ERB Comprehensive (CTP5) assessmentonline.As you may remember, we had been using the ACT Aspire assessment online for several years prior to 2020. As with so many things in the recent past, we have taken a close look at the instrument, the reporting mechanism and the benefit for our families and have decided to return to ERB. We confidently used ERB Comprehensive for many years and believe it is the right fit for our students at this time.TESTING DATES:November 15 - Students will be completing a tutorial so they are familiar with the testing format. They will take the Quantitative subtest in the morning. Following this test, student schedules will resume as normal.November 16 - Students will take the Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, and Verbal Reasoning subtests in the morning. Following these tests, student schedules will resume as normal.November 17 - Students will take the Writing Concepts, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Writing Mechanics subtests. The Vocabulary and Writing Mechanics subtests are quite short therefore four subtests can be managed well. These tests will also be administeredin the morning. Following these tests, student schedules will resume as normal.Adequate stretch and bathroom breaks are built into the testing schedule, as well as, a recess time on November 16 and 17.HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Make sure your student gets adequate sleep.
- Make sure your student eats breakfast in the morning.
- Make sure your student has a fully charged iPad each day.
MS students visiting TU
Monday, November 22, all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will travel to the University of Tulsa with their teachers to participate in a full day of STEM challenge activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we are excited to be able to attend. T-Shirts and lunch will be provided. More information can be found here. We will travel by bus, departing Holland Hall campus at 8:30 a.m. and we will return to Holland Hall by 3:10 p.m. 7th and 8th grade students will not have sports practices that day, all students will need to be be picked up at 3:10 p.m. or go to after care.
Upper School / College Counseling
Place Your Senior Ad by Monday
Parents, honor your senior with a yearbook ad.A Holland Hall tradition, these ads are available in a variety of sizes/prices. Contracts are due no later than Nov. 15. Once you've completed the contract, you will be directed to a site for payment. Once payment is received, you will receive a receipt from Ad Manager Emma Gardenhire '22 with ad preparation information.https://hollandhall.wufoo.com/forms/q190lbd401g113v/Please be aware that we may not have ad space available if submitted after the deadline.
Come See National Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
Upper School parents are invited to attend a reading by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States, and observe a Q&A session with Upper School students on Tuesday, November 16 at 8:10 a.m. in the Branch Theatre. Following the poetry reading, Juniors and members of Holland Hall's Native American Affinity Group will ask questions regarding Harjo's poetry and life journey.All Juniors are reading excerpts of Crazy Brave, Harjo's memoir, and some of her poetry as part of the American Studies curriculum. In addition, the Women Writers senior English elective reads the entirety of Crazy Brave. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to engage with their children at home about what they are learning and discussing in school. We ask that parents sit in the rear of the theatre or in the balcony to observe this unique and memorable learning experience for our students.
Parents Association Meeting Nov. 18
Join us to catch up on all things Upper School! Don't miss this last meeting before the holidays with special guest from a member of our college counseling team with information helpful to all grades.Thursday, November 18 · 12 – 1 pmGoogle Meet joining infoVideo call link: https://meet.google.com/iqy-enti-rjtOr dial: (US) +1 484-420-7476 PIN: 638 354 693#
Free mods usage
As we have transitioned from the block schedule back to the modular schedule this year, we have noticed more students signing out to leave early during free mods. Seniors have off-campus privileges and can leave for up to 6 mods during the school day. We ask that 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students prioritize remaining on campus during free mods, unless they need to be at a medical appointment. Students can only engage in the work of meeting with teachers and working on group work if they are on campus, and that is an integral part of the experience at Holland Hall. We appreciate your help in honoring the spirit of the modular schedule.
The Dutch football team hosts Checotah tonight for the first round of the playoffs. Remember, tickets are $10 at the gate if you haven't bought them online.You can watch the livestream at gotohh.org/stream starting at 6:50 p.m.
All State Honors
Congratulations to our All State athletes so far this fall. Kendall Riley was named to the OCA All State Cheerleading Team and Ike Walker was named to the All State Cross Country Team.
Charlie Brown books are in!
Coach Charlie Brown has documented his life and his 56 years at Holland Hall in a new book. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Charlie Brown Endowment for Financial Aid."Consider this book your opportunity to spend time in conversation with Coach Brown as he tells stories of his determined life journey that reveals what I believe to be his greatest gift — his ability to build relationships and positively influence young men," University of Tulsa standout and Buffalo Bills (NFL) Offensive Lineman Jerry Ostroski, Jr. wrote for the back of the book.Order your copy for $20 — $25 shipped — at hollandhall.org/cbbookTo give to the Charlie Brown Endowment for Financial Aid, go to hollandhall.org/charliebrown